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March 29, 2021
2021 CAFP Proposed Bylaws Update – Summary of Changes

Pursuant to the CAFP bylaws, officer terms are tied to the Clinical Forum. To avoid uncertainty in years in which there is not a Clinical Forum, the CAFP Governance Committee and Board recommend an adjustment to the bylaws. Specifically, that the CAFP bylaws be adjusted such that officer terms are not tied to an annual […]

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March 12, 2021
All Member Advocacy Meeting extended to include a day for advocacy – May 15 and 16

As you can imagine, the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) will be a bit different than in previous years. CAFP is excited to announce that the AMAM will now take place over two days May 15-16 to include a day devoted to advocacy.  AMAM will still be virtual with day one, Saturday, May 15, focused on […]

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January 8, 2021
Governor’s Proposed Budget Maintains Health Spending

Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2021-22 State Budget proposal today, marking the beginning of a five-month long budget negotiation with the State Legislature. Despite dire predictions last year of a significant budget shortfall, California’s fiscal outlook looks strong for 2021-22 with a multibillion-dollar surplus. Many health programs will be maintained or augmented, including $33 million in ongoing […]

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January 5, 2021
COVID Relief Funds and Extenders Help California

Before the end of the federal legislative session, Congress passed and the President signed a package of bills that provide states and individuals with COVID-19 support and funds, renew several important health care programs, and make key health care policy changes. In a major win for primary care, the bills extend funding for Community Health […]

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January 5, 2021
Loan Repayment Applications Open Soon

The application cycle for CalHealthCares opens on January 18, 2021. CalHealthCares is a relatively new loan repayment program for new physicians who maintain a patient caseload of 30 percent or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Awardees can receive up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Awardees must have graduated from a physician residency program […]

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January 4, 2021
Important Reminder to Physicians Who Prescribe Controlled Substances

As a reminder, there are two critical changes to prescribing laws that took effect on January 1, 2021. First, pads used to write and fill prescriptions for controlled substances are required to have a 12-character serial number, a corresponding barcode, and other security features. Prescribers who do not possess these prescription pads are encouraged to […]

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December 20, 2020
CAFP Updated Resolutions for December 2020

CAFP has updated the chart reflecting the actions taken by the Board on all resolutions which has been posted here. As a reminder, the chart of actions taken is updated after each quarterly meeting of the Board and posted to the website and shared with members via the Academy in Action newsletter. While the majority of […]

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December 1, 2020
CAFP Signs Amicus Brief to Protect SB 793

CAFP has supported the passage of SB 793, and has also signed onto an amicus brief opposing tobacco company efforts to prevent enforcement of SB 793. Recently, a coalition representing the tobacco industry submitted 1 million signatures to the California Secretary of State seeking to qualify a referendum for the November 2022 ballot aimed at […]

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November 30, 2020
Important Reminder to Physicians Who Prescribe Controlled Substances

There are two critical changes to prescribing laws taking effect on January 1, 2021. First, pads used to write and fill prescriptions for controlled substances are required to have a 12-character serial number, a corresponding barcode, and other security features. Prescribers who do not possess these prescription pads are encouraged to place an order as soon as possible from […]

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